Before it was Collaboration Coffee, the storefront at 18 S 1st was the Gallery of the Yakima Maker Space. We are proud to continue supporting and strengthening the local Arts community by hosting engaging local artists monthly. Opening Art receptions take place the First Friday of every month from 6 pm - 8 pm, with an artist talk/Q & A beginning at 7 pm. Events are held EVERY Friday of the month from 6 pm - 8 pm. You can find a calendar of all our events, as well as lots of other fantastic Yakima events & info on Yakima 365’s new community calendar!

The ART aspect of Collaboration Coffee is more than just an art gallery; it’s about the search for truth, challenging our preconceived notions, and renewing our belief in each other. We believe more creativity grows when our minds are replenished by the rejuvenation art provides.

Though the exhibits change monthly at Collaboration Coffee, these are the questions we’re always trying to answer: What is art? Who has access to art, where and why? How can we support and lift up art in our community? We’d love to have you join the discussion. For us, art is life itself: The mundane, the agonizing, and the joyous. Art is everything reflected in the light we see. Art is for – and art is in – everyone. At Collaboration Coffee, we work to provide a space open to all. We want to create a place that is welcoming to you, just as you are. So, neighbors and strangers, come! Share ideas; ponder questions; live in the here and now; and be reflected in the warm light that pours into our First Street windows.

Below: Images © Meghan Flynn, Dorothy Groszhans, Rosie Saldana, Amanda Ontiveros, Christopher Otten. 2019.



Christopher otten’s “Wounded Deer”

September 2 - September 29, 2019 - Opening reception Friday, September 6

From the Artist: “My work deals with issues of identity and place, the relationship between the two and how memory plays an important role in how we remember home and who we were while we were there. My concerns as a photographer centers on the relationship between the rural lands of the American West, and its loss within an ever-expanding society. Society has sacrificed memory and its artifacts to the concrete giants of civilized growth. There are many overlooked histories that are embedded within this frontier. It is my hope that audiences not only appreciate the meaningful documentation of these arid lands, but will also consider how the original inhabitants were affected by manifest destiny. By documenting sites, in conjunction with constructing fictional tableaus, I invite viewers to re-imagine the American West.”


Questions about ART shows or other event opportunities with Collab,

please reach the Art Director, Maddie Hicks, at

Images © Chris Otten.

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